>Sweden drops Assange probe
Prosecutors in Sweden have dropped an investigation into a rape allegation made against Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange in 2010.
The reason for this decision is that the evidence has weakened considerably due to the long period of time that has elapsed since the events in question, the Swedish prosecution authority said.
The end of Assange's legal troubles in Sweden leaves him facing an extradition hearing from the US.
The anti-secrecy campaigner faces 18 criminal charges in the US, including conspiring to hack government computers and violating espionage laws. If convicted, he could face decades in jail.
Assange is currently being held at a British high-security prison.
He was sentenced to 50 weeks in prison in May for breaching bail conditions when he took up residence in Ecuador's London embassy, where he lived for seven years in order to avoid being sent to Sweden.
That political refuge ended unceremoniously in April, when he was dragged out by British police.
>Cambodia bans elephant rides
One of Asia's most famous tourist attractions is taking a major stand for animals.
Following pressure from animal activist groups, Apsara, the management authority for the Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap, Cambodia announced in June 2019 it would ban elephant rides in early 2020.
Now, the process has already begun.
In 2016, an elephant named Sambo died at Angkor, drawing worldwide attention.
Her death was blamed on a combination of heat stroke and exhaustion from ferrying so many human beings around.
The local outlet the Khmer Times reported that two of the 14 elephants currently at the park, site of the famed Angkor Wat temple, have been relocated to the nearby Bos Thom community forest.
"The elephant is a big animal, but it is also gentle and we don't want to see the animals being used for tourism activities anymore," said Long Kosal, an Apsara press representative. "We want them to live in their natural surroundings."
>Early Mozart minuets sold
An original score of two minuets composed by Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart when he was 16 blew past estimates at a Sotheby's auction in Paris on Monday, going under the hammer for 372,500 euros.
The unpublished, autographed score of the minuets - a stylized dance - contains a few corrections and minor modifications, including one or two that might be in the hand of Mozart's father, Leopold.
The manuscript was kept in Mozart's birthplace Salzburg by the composer's sister, Nannerl, before finding its way into the collection of a fellow Austrian, the writer Stefan Zweig. The score is the only one of the composer's "Six Minuets K.164" to still be in private hands.
>Fewer students heading to US
China was the world's top contributor to international students in the US for the 10th consecutive time in the 2018/2019 academic year, but the rate of increase has been coming down as both institutions and students fret over their ability to get necessary visas.
Chinese students in the US rose by 1.7% to 369,548 in the latest full academic year, accounting for about a third of all foreign students in the country, according to the Institute of International Education's "2019 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange" released on Monday in the US.
Within that number, undergraduates rose 0.2% to 148,900, while graduate students rose 2% to 133,400.
But while the Chinese total was up, the rate of increase has been coming down steadily from 8.1% in 2015/2016 academic year to 3.6% in 2017/2018.
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